New York Mets: Dilson Herrera

Minors 7.9.14: Montero returns

July, 9, 2014
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RENO 15, LAS VEGAS 4: Starter Darin Gorski allowed eight runs and didn't make it out of the third inning in a late game. Gorski gave up two home runs, including one to Mark Trumbo, who is on a rehab assignment from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Omar Quintanilla pitched the final inning for the 51s. He allowed two runs on three hits and a walk. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, PORTLAND 1; BINGHAMTON 1, PORTLAND 0: Angel Cuan pitched five scoreless innings in the B-Mets' Game 1 win. First baseman Brian Burgamy and third baseman Dustin Lawley hit home runs. Second baseman Dilson Herrera had a two-run single. Gabriel Ynoa threw a seven-inning complete-game shutout in Game 2, allowing four hits with no walks and nine strikeouts in just his second Double-A start. Rylan Sandoval's second-inning single brought home the only run of the game. Herrera's hitting streak ended at 11 games. Box 1, Box 2

BRADENTON 6, ST. LUCIE 3: Starting pitcher Kevin McGowan allowed four runs in six innings, and while three of the runs were unearned, that was because McGowan committed an error himself on a bunt attempt. Catcher Cam Maron had two of the Mets' eight hits, but also one of the Mets' three errors. Box

AUGUSTA 7, SAVANNAH 1: Starter Logan Taylor allowed five runs (four earned) in 5 2/3 innings, and the Sand Gnats were held to five hits. Matt Oberste had one of the hits, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. Victor Cruzado scored the only Savannah run on a third-inning groundout by Yeixon Ruiz. Box

BROOKLYN 4, STATE COLLEGE 0: Scarlyn Reyes combined with four relievers on a nine-hit shutout. Left fielder Joe Tuschak was the Cyclones' hitting star, with a run-scoring single and a home run. Michael Bernal drove in the other two runs with a third-inning triple. Box

ELIZABETHTON 5, KINGSPORT 2: First baseman Pedro Perez had two doubles and a single for the Mets. Luis Ortega and Jean Rodriguez had two hits apiece. Starter Gaby Almonte went six innings and allowed five runs (four earned). Box

GCL CARDINALS 2, GCL METS 1 (5 inn.): Rafael Montero, who has been on the disabled list at Triple-A Las Vegas, allowed two runs on five hits in four innings. Right fielder Enmanuel Zabala drove in the only Mets run in a game shortened by rain. Box
NEW YORK -- The Mets received an immediate return from the Aug. 30, 2013, trade of Marlon Byrd and John Buck to the Pirates, with Vic Black joining the major league club for the final month of last season. The other piece acquired in that trade is thriving in the minors.

After hitting .307/.355/.410 in the first half with St. Lucie, 20-year-old middle infielder Dilson Herrera ascended to Binghamton during a wave of promotions three weeks ago. The native Colombian is hitting .329 with two homers, 13 RBIs and 10 walks in 17 games since the move to Double-A.

Colombia may not produce the same volume of talent as, say, the Dominican Republic or Venezuela. Of the 224 foreign-born players on MLB rosters on Opening Day, four hailed from Herrera’s native country: then Angel and now Pirate Ernesto Frieri, the White Sox’s Jose Quintana, Marlins’ Donovan Solano and Braves’ Julio Teheran.


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Herrera nonetheless said he grew up playing baseball from a young age -- 3 or 4 years old -- and particularly looked up to Colombia-born Edgar Renteria, who played for 16 seasons in the majors, through 2011.

“Colombia is a big soccer country, but I grew up and never stopped playing baseball,” Herrera said through an interpreter.

As for what he particularly admired about Renteria, Herrera added: “On the field he was a really good player, always clutch, and he always came up big for his team. But what impressed me most was how good of a person he was. That’s what I liked the most about him.”

The Pirates used Herrera exclusively at third base in the Venezuelan Summer League back in 2011, after he first signed. Pittsburgh then only used him at second base for the next two and a half seasons, until last summer’s trade. Herrera continued to exclusively play second base after joining Savannah late last season. He helped the Gnats win the 2013 South Atlantic League championship while manning that position.

This season, he is receiving his first professional exposure to shortstop. With St. Lucie, he appeared in 43 games at second base and 19 games at shortstop during the first half. With Binghamton, the split has been nearly 50/50.

“I grew up playing shortstop,” Herrera said. “With the Pirates they turned me into a second baseman. And now I feel very comfortable at second base. But I can still play shortstop.”

As for the trade that brought him to the Mets, Herrera added: “I was surprised. Obviously I wasn’t expecting it. I was sad about leaving relationships and friendships with the Pirates organization, but was happy for the opportunity. I was excited about the opportunity to come to a new organization.”

Organization leaders

Average: John Mora, GCL Mets, .409; Matt Reynolds, Vegas, .358; Jairo Perez, St. Lucie, .358; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, .346; Emmanuel Zabala, GCL Mets, .340; Luis Guillorme, Kingsport, .333; Jhoan Urena, Brooklyn, .315; Oswald Caraballo, Kingsport, .314; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, .313; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, .312.

Homers: Andrew Brown, Vegas, 15; Dustin Lawley, Binghamton, 15; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 14; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 12; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 11.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 56; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 52; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, 49; Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 48; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 46.

Steals: Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 18; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 16; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, 15; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 12; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 12.

ERA: Marcos Molina, Brooklyn, 0.38; Rob Whalen, GCL Mets, 1.71; Octavio Acosta, Brooklyn, 1.96; Corey Oswalt, Brooklyn, 2.08; Kevin McGowan, St. Lucie, 2.20; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 2.25; John Gant, Savannah, 2.64; Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 2.81; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 2.91; Matt Bowman, Vegas, 3.56.

Wins: John Gant, Savannah, 9; Gabriel Ynoa, Binghamton, 8.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Vegas, 12; Robert Coles, St. Lucie, 12; Randy Fontanez, Binghamton, 10; Akeel Morris, Savannah, 8; Vic Black, Vegas, 7.

Strikeouts: Darin Gorski, Vegas, 94; Dario Alvarez, Savannah, 86; Matt Bowman, Vegas, 82; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 82; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 82.

Short hops

Allan Dykstra has been selected to represent the Mets in the Triple-A All-Star Game. He will serve as the Pacific Coast League’s designated hitter in next Wednesday’s game at Durham, N.C.

Dykstra also will participate in Monday’s Home Run Derby. In fact, four of the six participants have passed through the Mets organization during their career. The others who will be competing in the derby: Mike Jacobs, Francisco Pena and Mike Hessman.

• Four Binghamton players were selected to the Eastern League All-Star Game: infielder Brian Burgamy, outfielder Kyle Johnson and right-handers Cody Satterwhite and Jon Velasquez. The 33-year-old Burgamy, 28-year-old Velasquez and 27-year-old Satterwhite all were signed by the Mets out of independent ball. Johnson arrived in the trade with the Angels for Collin Cowgill. The game will be played next Wednesday in Altoona, Pa. Kevin Plawecki and Matt Reynolds clearly merited selection, but already have been promoted to Triple-A.

Wilmer Flores was named PCL Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday. He became the first Las Vegas player to hit six homers in a five-game stretch since Melvin Nieves in 1994, when the club was affiliated with the Padres. Flores had league highs for the week with 13 hits, 12 runs scored and 16 RBIs.

• 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith is hitting .439 (25-for-57) in 14 games since June 24.

• Baseball America ranked three Mets prospects in its top 50 in baseball: Noah Syndergaard at No. 19, Plawecki at No. 40 and Brandon Nimmo at No. 48. Syndergaard and Plawecki will represent the Mets in the Futures Game on Sunday at Target Field in Minnesota.

Jeremy Hefner is due to pitch one inning in a minor-league game Saturday. It will mark his first game action since Hefner underwent Tommy John surgery on Aug. 28. Hefner had his procedure performed nearly two months earlier than Matt Harvey had his operation (Oct. 22).

Rafael Montero has thrown live batting practice and is due to enter a game this week for the first time since suffering a left oblique strain and departing a Vegas game after five pitches on June 14.

Dario Alvarez is now a two-time South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week. The 25-year-old Savannah southpaw has not allowed an earned run in his past 22 innings, which spans seven appearances. Alvarez is 6-0 with one save and a 0.87 ERA in 16 appearances (six starts) this season.

The Mets credit Alvarez’s success to cleaning up his delivery, which has improved his consistency and allowed him to throw more strikes. Alvarez had been released by the Phillies after spending three years in that organization, and the Mets’ Dominican-based scouts recommended scooping him up.

• 2013 fifth-round pick Jared King returned to action in the Gulf Coast League on Saturday after recovering from a fractured right fibula. King had been sidelined since last appearing for Savannah on May 11.

• Savannah’s winning streak ended at 11 on Tuesday afternoon when Dawrin Frias surrendered a tiebreaking ninth-inning homer to Augusta’s Ryan Jones. Savannah has produced four 11-game winning streaks since 1993, but none has reached a dozen.

Logan Taylor was due to join Savannah after three Gulf Coast League appearances. Taylor, an 11th-round pick in 2012 from East Oklahoma State College, underwent Tommy John surgery last July. He had a 2.67 ERA in seven starts for the Gnats in 2013.

• Princeton product Matt Bowman, whose delivery incorporates Tim Lincecum’s style, made his Triple-A debut Saturday. He allowed two runs in 3 2/3 innings in a 64-pitch no-decision.

• Right-hander Cory Mazzoni has moved to Double-A, which should be a temporary stop en route to Las Vegas. Mazzoni is working back from a strained lat muscle suffered when he started the Mets’ Grapefruit League finale this spring training. The 2011 second-round pick out of NC State has now appeared in three games -- one apiece in the Gulf Coast, Florida State and Eastern leagues -- since recovering.

Rob Whalen, who was off to a torrid start with Savannah until developing an infection on his hand that required surgery to clean out, logged an inning Saturday in the Gulf Coast League. It was his first appearance in a game since May 1 with the Gnats. Whalen had been 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four appearances (three starts) with Savannah before the issue arose.

Marcos Molina has tossed 19 consecutive scoreless innings for Brooklyn.

• Left-hander Kurt Horne, the Mets’ 31st-round pick out of high school in British Columbia, is due to make his professional debut Wednesday.

Minors 7.6.14: Flores homers, again

July, 6, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 12, ALBUQUERQUE 1: Noah Syndergaard allowed just one run in seven innings, with no walks and eight strikeouts. And Wilmer Flores homered again, his sixth long ball in the past four days. Left fielder Cesar Puello hit two home runs in his return from a concussion. Kevin Plawecki had three hits and drove in three runs. Box

ERIE 10, BINGHAMTON 9 (10 innings): Third baseman Dustin Lawley hit his 15th home run of the season in a wild game. Erie tied it when Steven Moya homered off Binghamton's Adam Kolarek in the ninth. The SeaWolves scored twice in the top of the 10th, but Binghamton scored on a bases-loaded walk and then had the bases loaded with nobody out. Kyle Johnson and Dilson Herrera struck out, and Brian Burgamy popped up to end it. Travis Taijeron and T.J. Rivera also homered for the B-Mets. Box

JUPITER at ST. LUCIE (ppd.): The game will be made up as part of an Aug. 22 doubleheader.

SAVANNAH 8, HICKORY 2: Second baseman Jorge Rivero had three hits and drove in three runs for the Sand Gnats. First baseman Dominic Smith, the Mets' first-round draft pick in 2013, also had three hits and drove in two runs. Starter Robert Gsellman allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings for his seventh win of the season. Box

PULASKI 4, KINGSPORT 1: Catcher Jose Garcia had two of the Mets' four hits and drove in their lone run. Starter Andrew Church allowed just one earned run in six innings, with no walks and two strikeouts. Box

BROOKLYN 7, ABERDEEN 0: Carlos Valdez and Gaither Bumgardner combined on a two-hit shutout. First baseman Michael Katz had two doubles and drove in a run. Third baseman Jhoan Urena had three hits and drove in a run. Box

Minors 7.3.14: B-Met Johnson homers twice

July, 3, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 9, SALT LAKE 8: Trailing 7-4, Vegas scored five runs in the seventh. Salt Lake produced a run in the ninth and then loaded the bases against Buddy Carlyle, but he retired Luis Jimenez on a pop out to third baseman Josh Satin to end the game. Matt Reynolds finished 2-for-3 with a double, walk, RBI and two runs scored. Matt den Dekker swiped home on a double-steal with Reynolds. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, NEW BRITAIN 4 (9 innings)
BINGHAMTON at NEW BRITAIN (ppd.): Kyle Johnson belted a leadoff homer as well as a tiebreaking long ball in the ninth. Johnson deposited Tyler Duffey’s second pitch of the

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game over the left-field wall for his second leadoff homer this season. Dilson Herrera followed three pitches later with another homer, marking the first time the B-Mets have hit back-to-back shots this season. Binghamton added to its lead in the second on a run-scoring fielder’s choice from Herrera. Trailing by three, New Britain answered against Tyler Pill in the bottom half. Tony Thomas produced a sac fly. Mike Kvasnicka cut the deficit to one by flaring an RBI single. Aaron Hicks then gave New Britain the lead with one swing in the third. Following a two-out walk, Hicks launched a 3-1 pitch for a go-ahead two-run blast. Down 4-3, Binghamton found more power in the fifth. Brian Burgamy led off with his team-leading 14th homer. Pill settled down after Hicks’ blast to retire nine straight Rock Cats. In the seventh, Pill surrendered a one-out single to Stephen Wickens and handed off to Chase Huchingson, who promptly picked off the runner. Huchingson followed by retiring Eddie Rosario to force the seven-inning game into extras. Johnson struck again in the ninth. He took reliever Cole Johnson deep on a 1-2 pitch to start the inning, breaking the tie. Burgamy followed with a triple and scored when Dustin Lawley singled. Cody Satterwhite worked around a two-out single to post a scoreless ninth, securing his sixth save. Huchingson (1-0) also retired the heart of the Rock Cats order in a perfect eighth. Pill allowed four runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings. Binghamton is 10-0 in Pill’s last 10 appearances.

The nightcap of the doubleheader, which was due to feature Gabriel Ynoa's Double-A debut, was postponed due to inclement weather. It will be made up in Binghamton when the Rock Cats visit in August. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, CHARLOTTE 4: Gavin Cecchini broke a 1-all tie with a sixth-inning grand slam against Zach Cooper as the Mets won their sixth straight game. It marked Cecchini's

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first homer since a June 19 promotion from Savannah. Albert Cordero followed Cecchini’s shot with a double and Jeff McNeil (3-for-4) drove Cordero in with a single to make it 6-1. The Crabs got a run back against Mets starter Luis Cessa in the bottom half, but the Mets responded in the seventh. L.J. Mazzilli doubled, moved to third on Aderlin Rodriguez's single and scored on catcher Justin O’Conner’s throwing error. Mets reliever Tim Peterson ran into trouble in the seventh. He walked three, gave up a hit and threw a wild pitch with a runner on third. However, he struck out Tyler Goeddel to limit the damage to two runs. Paul Sewald worked perfect eighth and ninth innings to earn his fifth save in his last six appearances. He sliced his ERA to 0.79. The Mets got on the board first on Phillip Evans’ two-out RBI single, which plated McNeil. The Crabs tied the score at 1 in the third on an infield hit by Goeddel that plated Patrick Leonard. The Crabs loaded the bases with one out later that inning, but Cessa got two flyouts to keep the score tied. Cessa (6-5) went six innings and allowed two runs on six hits. He walked four and struck out two. Evans, who had two hits, played third base for the first time this season. He cleanly fielded all five balls hit to him and initiated two double plays. Box

SAVANNAH 10, CHARLESTON 5: Alex Panteliodis (2-1) limited the RiverDogs to one run on seven hits and two walks in seven innings as the Gnats raced to a 10-1 lead. Jonathan Johnson went 2-for-2 with two walks and four RBIs. Box

GREENEVILLE 12, KINGSPORT 6 (10 innings): Ramon Estevez and Bryce Beeler combined to surrender six runs (two earned) in the 10th. The K-Mets had forced extra innings on Ivan Wilson's one-out solo homer in the bottom of the ninth. Shortstop Luis Guillorme, who committed three of Kingsport's four errors, also went 4-for-5 with a walk and two runs scored. Box

BROOKLYN at HUDSON VALLEY (ppd.)

GCL METS 4, GCL METS 1: Milton Ramos had an RBI single and Raphael Ramirez had a run-scoring groundout in the third inning as the Mets took a 2-1 lead. Dash Winningham's ninth-inning solo homer capped the scoring. Starter Logan Taylor (2-0) allowed one run in five innings. Gabriel Feliz, Tyler Badamo and Waldo Rodriguez combined for four scoreless relief innings. Box

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LAS VEGAS 7, SALT LAKE 3: Greg Peavey, promoted from Double-A before the game, carried a 7-1 lead into the eighth. Allan Dykstra and Brandon Allen homered in the win. Peavey recorded the victory with a season-high eight innings pitched. He allowed eight hits, three runs, issued no walks and struck out three in 99 pitches (67 strikes). It matched the longest outing by a Las Vegas pitcher this season (also Logan Verrett vs. Memphis, June 23). Box

BINGHAMTON 8, NEW BRITAIN 3: Dustin Lawley launched his 11th homer and finished

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with four RBIs as Binghamton won its 17th in 20 games. Binghamton loaded the bases in the second against Taylor Rogers. Rylan Sandoval then plated Brandon Nimmo and Travis Taijeron with a two-run single. In the bottom half, Reynaldo Rodriguez blasted a solo homer against Rainy Lara. Binghamton stretched its 2-1 lead with two-out production in the seventh. After Kyle Johnson was plunked with two outs and Dilson Herrera walked on four pitches, New Britain dipped into its bullpen. Jayce Boyd greeted Adrian Salcedo with an RBI single and Lawley capped the inning by ripping a two-run double. Lawley capped the B-Mets night emphatically in the ninth. Following a four-pitch walk to Boyd, the cleanup hitter crushed an 0-1 pitch from Jim Fuller over the left-field wall. Lara (5-2) surrendered one run on five hits over six innings to earn his first victory since May 17. Three B-Mets relievers combined to allow two runs over the final three innings. Lawley’s production capped a month in which he launched seven homers and collected 18 RBIs. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, BRADENTON 2: Eudy Pina’s two-run triple in the fourth erased a 2-1 deficit.

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Pina then scored on L.J. Mazzilli’s two-out hit for a 4-2 lead. Pina also provided an insurance run with a single in the sixth that plated Maikis De La Cruz. Pina finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs. He batted.375 in June. On the mound, Kevin McGowan took over for John Lannan with two outs in the fourth. McGowan did not allow a run and finished out the last 5 2/3 innings of the game. He only gave up three hits. It was McGowan’s first relief appearance of the season. He started 10 games with Savannah and won his first Florida State League start last week. Lannan cruised until running into trouble in the fourth. He allowed three straight one-out hits, the last a two-run triple by Eric Wood that put the Marauders up 2-1. McGowan entered and struck out Walker Gourley and got a groundout from Taylor Lewis to prevent Wood from scoring. Pirates top pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow had trouble with his command in his start. The fireballer needed 70 pitches to get through 2 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out five. The Mets had their chances to pounce on Glasnow early, but the only run they managed against him came on Gilbert Gomez's solo homer in the third. De La Cruz went 1-for-3 and scored twice. Gomez went 2-for-5. Box

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SAVANNAH 8, ROME 1: Matt Oberste had his second straight big game for the Gnats. After going 4-for-4 with six RBIs and his first homer on Sunday, Oberste followed that up with a 3-for-3 game Monday that included long ball No. 2. Champ Stuart and Dominic Smith each reached base three times. Stuart singled twice and walked while Smith singled twice and doubled into the left-field corner. Dario Alvarez continued his strong season by blanking Rome for five innings. He earned his fifth win and lowered his ERA to 0.96, with 78 strikeouts against 12 walks. The Gnats improved to 14-2 against Rome this season. Box

KINGSPORT 7, JOHNSON CITY 4
JOHNSON CITY 3, KINGSPORT 2: In Game 1, Oswaldo Caraballo had a tiebreaking two-run homer in a three-run sixth. David Roseboom tossed 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn his first professional win. In the nightcap, K-Mets starter Andrew Massie allowed three runs in four innings. With Kingsport trailing 3-0, Luis Ortega had a two-run single in the fourth. Brandon Brosher is out with a broken fibula. Box 1, Box 2

GCL NATIONALS 3, GCL METS 2: Milton Ramos' single plated Darryl Knight to even the score at 2 in the top of the seventh, but the Nats retook the lead in the bottom half against Darwin Ramos. Former Pirates farmhand Blake Taylor allowed two unearned runs in 2 2/3 innings. He allowed no hits, but issued three walks. Box

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Minors 6.29.14: Fulmer blanks Fort Myers

June, 29, 2014
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SACRAMENTO 2, LAS VEGAS 1: Nick Buss broke a 1-all tie with a solo homer in the fifth against 51s starter Darin Gorski. Las Vegas' lone run came when Matt Reynolds singled and ultimately scored on a wild pitch in the first inning. Matt den Dekker had a leadoff double in the ninth, but was stranded at second base. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, ALTOONA 4: Darrell Ceciliani scored three runs and Jayce Boyd went 3-for-4 as the B-Mets won for the 16th time in 19 games. After Ceciliani and Boyd began a

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second-inning rally with one-out singles, Travis Taijeron ripped an RBI double. Kai Gronauer followed with a run-producing groundout and Matt Bowman helped his own cause by blooping an RBI single. Dilson Herrera capped the four-run frame with an RBI single. An inning later, Ceciliani walked and swiped second and Boyd plated him with a single. Taijeron followed with an RBI double, kicking Binghamton’s lead to six runs. Altoona cashed in on a B-Mets fielding mistake to get on the board in the bottom half. Alen Hanson’s one-out chopper to first base eluded Boyd for an error. Two batters later, Matt Curry had an RBI double. Against reliever Yao-Hsun Yang in the fifth, Ceciliani and Boyd started another rally with singles. Gronauer made it 7-1 with an RBI single. The Curve scratched out one last run against Bowman in the sixth. Following a leadoff single by Willy Garcia, Stetson Allie produced an RBI double. Bowman bounced back by retiring six of the next seven batters, capping his night with a scoreless seventh. Jack Leathersich struck out the side in the eighth. In the ninth, Ryan Fraser allowed two runs before fanning Curry to secure the victory. Bowman (6-5) struck out nine while holding the Curve hitless in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position. Box

ST. LUCIE 1, BRADENTON 0: Michael Fulmer tossed seven shutout innings -- allowing three hits while striking out a season-high eight -- in his first action since being struck with

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a line drive in the left forearm in the first inning of his previous start and being forced from that game. In three starts against Bradenton this season, Fulmer is 2-0 and hasn’t allowed a run in 18 innings. Sunday's lone run scored in the second as the Mets opened the frame with four consecutive singles against Jason Creasy. The fourth came off the bat of Albert Cordero and deflected off third baseman Walker Gourley's glove and into left field. Aderlin Rodriguez scored. Gavin Cecchini was thrown out at the plate on the play. Fulmer had struck out Jordan Steranka to end the top of the first with runners on second and third after two errors by the Mets extended the inning. Fulmer only allowed three Marauders to reach between the second and sixth innings -- Jin-De Jhang on a walk, Jonathan Schwind on a throwing error by Jeff McNeil, and via a hit batter. Raul Fortunato led off the seventh with a double, but Fulmer struck out two and got Adam Frazier to line out. Fulmer threw 101 pitches. T.J. Chism got Taylor Lewis to fly out to left to strand the bases loaded in the eighth. Chism recorded the first two outs in the ninth and Paul Sewald struck out Gourley to end the game with the tying run on second. Phillip Evans went 2-for-3 and was the only Met to record a multi-hit game. Box

SAVANNAH 15, ROME 12: The Gnats took control with an eight-run fifth inning, turning a 6-all game into a rout. Matt Oberste's grand slam capped the inning's scoring. It marked

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his first homer of the season and his first professional slam. Oberste finished 4-for-4 with six RBIs and three runs scored. The Braves had scored five times on just one hit in the first inning against Savannah starter Ricky Knapp. Knapp walked three and hit two batters in the frame. Knapp remained in the ballgame and kept the Braves off the scoreboard in the second and third innings before surrendering a run in the fourth. Savannah started chipping away at the Braves' 5-0 lead with two runs in the first, one in the second and one in the third. The Gnats tied the score at 6 with two runs in the fourth. Champ Stuart reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances, going 4-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, an RBI and four runs scored. Reliever John Mincone earned the win, his first of the year, for his four scoreless innings of relief behind Knapp. The Braves scored six runs in the ninth against reliever Paul Paez. Dawrin Frias recorded the final three outs for his second save. Box

JOHNSON CITY 12, KINGSPORT 6
KINGSPORT at JOHNSON CITY (ppd.): Johnson City won the continuation of Saturday's suspended game. Sunday's regularly scheduled game then was rained out. Leading 8-1 when play resumed, the Cardinals ultimately built a 10-1 lead. The K-Mets answered with five runs over the sixth and seventh innings, highlighted by a three-run homer by Jean Rodriguez. Box

STATEN ISLAND 5, BROOKLYN 4: After Dillon Gee allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings in a rehab start, the teams entered the sixth with the score 1-0. Then, the Baby Bombers posted four runs in the top half against Corey Oswalt. Brooklyn immediately answered with four runs in the bottom half, capped by Jeff Diehl's RBI single, to pull within 5-4. The Cyclones placed two runners in scoring position with two outs in the ninth after a double steal by Amed Rosario and Adrian Abreu, but Tomas Nido struck out to end the game. Box

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Morning Briefing: Halfway done

June, 29, 2014
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PITTSBURGH

FIRST PITCH: Terry Collins did not sugarcoat where the Mets stand precisely halfway through their schedule.

After the Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday to improve to 37-44 at the midpoint, the club is on pace for the same 74-win total as the previous two seasons. (Not quite 90.)

The Mets are six games behind the co-division-leading Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves (43-38 apiece), although the Philadelphia Phillies (36-45) now occupy the division basement.

“We’re not going to make any excuses,” Collins said. “We’re not happy about it.”


Mike Stobe/Getty ImagesDillon Gee makes a rehab start Sunday with Brooklyn.


The manager continued: “We’re hanging in there. As I told the guys the other day, ‘Listen, we’ve just got to push through the All-Star break, go into the break on a positive note. … We have like 15 games before the break. Let’s go 10-5. Let’s not get crazy. Hopefully you get really hot, but let’s just go 10-5, go into the break close and then, coming out of the break, everybody will be rested. We’ll be healthy, Dillon [Gee] will be back and now let’s take off after that.’”

Gee is due to make a rehab start Sunday for the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen estimated Gee will throw 55 in-game pitches. Gee, on the disabled list with a strained lat muscle on his right side, likely will need one additional minor-league start before presumably displacing Daisuke Matsuzaka in the rotation.

Meanwhile, the Mets send Bartolo Colon to the mound Sunday at PNC Park looking to split the four-game series. Colon (8-5, 3.67) opposes right-hander Edinson Volquez (5-6, 4.35).

The 41-year-old Colon is 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA in his last seven starts.

Sunday’s news reports:


Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsDavid Wright received a favorable report on his left shoulder Saturday in New York.


David Wright received favorable news during an examination with team doctor Struan Coleman at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan on Saturday. The captain was diagnosed with a bruised left rotator cuff and may avoid the disabled list. Wright will remain in New York and be reevaluated Monday by team doctors.

Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.

Jonathon Niese lost his control in the fourth inning and issued consecutive bases-loaded walks, but the southpaw overall limited Pittsburgh to three runs in six innings. And after Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia combined to retire all nine batters they faced, the Mets had completed a 5-3 win against the Pirates on Saturday to snap a three-game losing streak.

The Mets wore Negro Leagues-era uniforms from the Brooklyn Royal Giants during the victory.

Read game recaps in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record, Times and at MLB.com.

• Backup catcher Anthony Recker required a postgame X-ray of his right hand, but minimized the issue.

• Long Island native Steven Matz tossed six scoreless innings to earn his first Double-A win and Dilson Herrera homered and had five RBIs as Binghamton held off Altoona, 8-7. Eudy Pina slugged a disputed walk-off homer as St. Lucie beat Bradenton, 4-3. Jorge Rivero delivered a walk-off RBI as Savannah beat Rome, 4-3. Eighth-round pick Dash Winningham produced his first professional homer as the Gulf Coast League Mets won, 7-2. Read the full minor-league recap here.

Scott Rice has an elbow injury at Triple-A Las Vegas.

• Columnist Bill Madden in the Daily News suggests the Mets and Yankees are in the same boat as the July 31 trade deadline nears -- rightfully sellers with an eye toward 2015, but unlikely to strip down this year’s team.

Columnist David Lennon in Newsday suggests Colon, Gee and Daniel Murphy could be on the block.

Chris Young has taken over the role of clubhouse D.J., which formerly was held by Justin Turner, Tim Rohan reports in the Times. Writes Rohan:

He actively seeks out requests. After wins, he plays what he called “Lil Jon-style music.” Before day games, he plays something lighter. He has noticed that everyone seems to enjoy hip-hop like Notorious B.I.G. and Outkast. Michael Jackson Sundays have been a big hit, too.

• Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger asks Pirates GM Neal Huntington why the Mets and his club have been compatible in trades. The Mets have sent Marlon Byrd, John Buck and Ike Davis to Pittsburgh in a pair of deals since last August.

• Jim Baumbach in Newsday examines Colon’s success, even with a fastball that is averaging a career-low 89.1 mph. That’s down from 89.9 mph last season with the Oakland Athletics and down from 93.2 mph a dozen years ago.

“Everybody says he throws one pitch -- a fastball -- just like everyone always said Mariano Rivera threw one pitch with the cutter,” A’s first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss told Baumbach. “But because they can throw that one pitch to all four quadrants of the strike zone, they really become four pitches.”

The Daily News gives a plug to partner SNY’s debuting game show, which pitted the Mets TV and radio broadcast crews. It was hosted by Kevin Burkhardt.

BIRTHDAYS: 1960s-era Met Larry Stahl was born on this date in 1941.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Are you upbeat about the Mets’ late-inning relief?

Minors 6.28.14: Pina launches walk-off HR

June, 28, 2014
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SACRAMENTO 7, LAS VEGAS 6 (10 innnings): Zack Thornton surrendered a walk-off RBI double to Nick Buss in the bottom of the 10th. Allan Dykstra's ninth-inning solo homer with one out had sent the game to extra innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, ALTOONA 7: The B-Mets surrendered six runs in a disastrous seventh inning and nearly blew a seven-lead, but held on for their 15th win in 18 games. Steven

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Matz struck out nine over six scoreless innings to collect his first Double-A victory. Dilson Herrera had a career-high five RBIs. Kyle Johnson singled to open the game, moved to third on Herrera's single and scored when Zack Dodson balked. Binghamton took a 2-0 lead in the third when Xorge Carrillo singled, advanced to second on a sac bunt, took third on a groundout and scored when Herrera beat out an infield single. Herrera added a two-run homer in the fifth. His first Double-A long ball gave Binghamton a five-run lead. In six scoreless innings, Matz stranded seven runners while holding the Curve hitless in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position.

The B-Mets tacked on two runs against Jason Townsend in the seventh. After loading the bases on three straight singles, including one from pinch-hitter Tyler Pill, Binghamton scored on a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice by Herrera. Binghamton nearly threw away its 7-0 lead in the seventh. Reliever Randy Fontanez allowed the first two batters to reach before rebounding with consecutive groundouts. The final out of the inning proved elusive. By the time Adam Kolarek entered, Altoona had cut Binghamton’s lead to 6-4. Following an infield single, Jarek Cunningham then shot a grounder to third baseman Brian Burgamy. Burgamy, who moved to third as part of a double-switch, booted it, allowing a run to score. Kolarek settled down to record the inning's final out, preserving a one-run lead. Altoona resumed its pressure in the eighth with back-to-back one-out singles. With the tying run on third, Cody Satterwhite entered. Stetson Allie chopped his first pitch for an inning-ending double play. With the benefit of an insurance run produced by Burgamy in the ninth, Satterwhite returned for the final inning. He loaded the bases before allowing a run-scoring fielder’s choice to Alen Hanson. Satterwhite survived by striking out Kelson Brown looking to secure his fifth save. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, BRADENTON 3: Eudy Pina has been swinging a hot bat in June, but no hit was bigger than Saturday's walk-off homer inside the left-field foul pole. Pina’s rocket came

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on a full-count pitch from Robby Rowland to lead off the half-inning. The Marauders protested the homer, arguing it hooked foul. Plate umpire Adam MacKay maintained his original call. The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the first on Aderlin Rodriguez’s two-out single that scored Jairo Perez. Bradenton answered in the second when Jordan Steranka led off with a solo homer against Gabriel Ynoa. Ynoa otherwise cruised through seven innings. He allowed one run on seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five in a 98-pitch effort. The Mets had two great chances to blow the game open but could not come up with a big hit. They loaded the bases against John Kuchno in the sixth but only scored one run, when Maikis De La Cruz grounded into a double play. With runners at second and third and no outs in the seventh, Ryan Hafner threw a wild pitch that allowed Gilbert Gomez to score, which put the Mets up 3-1. L.J. Mazzilli advanced to third with none out but was stranded. Ynoa was in line for his sixth win in his last six starts. However, Josh Bell doubled home Max Moroff in the eighth and later scored on a groundout to tie the score 3. T.J. Chism took over for Robert Coles with runners on first and second and induced an inning-ending double play. Paul Sewald pitched a scoreless ninth and was credited with the win after Pina's heroics. Pina is hitting .370 with five homers and 18 RBIs this month. Box

SAVANNAH 4, ROME 3: With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Jorge Rivero

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stroked a one-out line drive into the left-center gap to plate Champ Stuart with the winning run. Stuart began the Gnats’ ninth-inning rally with a walk. The Braves had tied the score with two outs in the top half. With runners on the corners, Savannah reliever Hunter Carnevale struck out Edison Sanchez on a breaking ball in the dirt. The ball kicked away from catcher Jeff Glenn, allowing Sanchez to sprint safely to first and Johan Camargo to score the tying run. To that point, the Gnats had thrown out Braves baserunners at the plate in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to preserve a 3-2 lead. The most impressive was Stuart’s throw from center to cut down Gerald Chin, which kept the Braves off the scoreboard in the seventh. Box

JOHNSON CITY 8, KINGSPORT 1 (suspended): The game was suspended after three innings. K-Mets starter Yoryi Nuez allowed seven runs (four earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Box

STATEN ISLAND 11, BROOKLYN 5: Starter Carlos Valdez was knocked out with two outs in the first inning. He surrendered five runs. Gaither Bumgardner surrendered another five runs in four innings of relief. Trailing 10-2, Michael Bernal produced a three-run homer for the Cyclones in the seventh. Box

GCL METS 7, GCL CARDINALS 2: Eighth-round pick Dash Winningham produced his first professional homer -- a two-run shot -- and finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Adrian Almeida earned the win with three no-hit relief innings, albeit walking four while striking out six. Luis Mateo completed the game with two scoreless innings in his third appearance since returning from Tommy John surgery. Shortstop Alfredo Reyes also drove in two runs. Box

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Minors 6.27.14: B-Mets' Johnson plates 3

June, 28, 2014
Jun 28
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LAS VEGAS 4, SACRAMENTO 1: Giancarlo Alvarado limited the River Cats to one run in 5 2/3 innings and Chasen Bradford and Buddy Carlyle provided scoreless relief. Wilmer Flores, who started at third base, went 1-for-3 with a walk and drove in two runs. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, ALTOONA 2: Every B-Mets starter, including pitcher Tyler Pill, collected at least one hit in the club’s 14th win in 17 games. Kyle Johnson had three hits and three

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RBIs and finished a homer shy of the cycle. Johnson greeted starter Adrian Sampson by lining the game's second pitch for a single. He moved to third on Dilson Herrera’s single and scored on Brian Burgamy's groundout. Binghamton then used a two-out push to break through in the fourth. Darrell Ceciliani doubled, Xorge Carillo walked and Pill loaded the bases on an infield single. Johnson plated all three with a triple for a 4-0 lead. Pill sailed through his first four innings without allowing a run, requiring only 48 pitches. Altoona got to the righty in the fifth. Andy Vasquez tripled and scored on Jarek Cunningham's groundout. Binghamton broke the game open and chased Sampson in the seventh. Following Pill’s leadoff single, Herrera and Burgamy had RBI doubles. Dustin Lawley greeted reliever Quinton Miller with a two-run homer. Lawley's 10th long ball of the season gave Binghamton an 8-1 lead. Pill (6-5) ultimately allowed two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He issued no walks and struck six while extending his unbeaten streak to nine games. Josh Satin remains the only B-Met in franchise history to hit for the cycle (June 24, 2011 at Bowie). Jon Velasquez and Hamilton Bennett combined for 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Box

ST. LUCIE at FORT MYERS (ppd.): The teams will resume Thursday's suspended game and also make up Friday's postponement in August.

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SAVANNAH 4, ROME 2: The Gnats took a 3-2 lead on Champ Stuart’s two-run single through the left side in the fourth inning. Stuart also walked twice. After the Gnats took the lead, Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis retired 10 batters in a row. Overall, Panteliodis allowed two unearned runs in 7 2/3 innings to earn his first South Atlantic League win of the season. The Gnats added a run in the eighth. Colton Plaia doubled to plate Jorge Rivero. Rome's unearned runs resulted from a pair of fielding errors by shortstop Yeixon Ruiz. Box

PRINCETON 9, KINGSPORT 3: Miguel Leal drove in all three runs in the loss. Matt Blackham, the organization's 29th-round pick out of Middle Tennessee State, surrendered two runs in two relief innings. Box

BROOKLYN 2, STATEN ISLAND 0: The Cyclones scored the game's lone runs in the seventh without the benefit of a hit. The Yankees issued four walks, two wild pitches and a passed ball in the frame. Brooklyn starter Marcos Molina tossed six scoreless innings and combined with Kelly Secrest and Shane Bay on a five-hit shutout. Box

GCL CARDINALS 7, GCL METS 3: After starter Logan Taylor tossed six scoreless innings for the Mets, the Cardinals overcame a 3-0 deficit with a seven-run eighth against Derrick Bernard and Nabil Crismatt. Shortstop Alfredo Reyes' throwing error to open the inning meant six of the runs ultimately were unearned. Box

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Minors 6.26.14: Noah struggles with 51s

June, 26, 2014
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SACRAMENTO 7 , LAS VEGAS 5 (11 innings): Noah Syndergaard allowed five runs on five hits and three walks in an 89-pitch effort spanning four innings. His batterymate, Kevin Plawecki, had a solo homer with two outs in the top of the ninth in his Triple-A debut to send the game to extra innings. Wilmer Flores started at second base and went hitless in five at-bats before being replaced by Omar Quintanilla. Buddy Carlyle surrendered a walk-off two-run homer to Andy Parrino. Box

ALTOONA 3, BINGHAMTON 1: The B-Mets mustered three hits or fewer for the third time in four games. Altoona cracked the scoreboard without the aid of a hit in the first against Hansel Robles. A hit batter, walk and fielder’s choice put runners at the corners. Elias Diaz then sent a grounder to second baseman Brian Burgamy’s left. His spinning throw to second was off target, allowing Drew Maggi to scamper home with the opening run. The B-Mets evened the score at 1 in the second against Joely Rodriguez. Dustin Lawley walked, moved to third on consecutive groundouts and scored when Darrell Ceciliani beat out an infield single. Robles held Altoona hitless in its first nine at-bats with runners in scoring position. The streak came to an end with two outs in the fifth. With two aboard, Keon Broxton threaded an 0-2 pitch into right field to break the tie score and end Robles’ night. Reliever Ryan Fraser inherited runners at second and third and induced Willy Garcia to send a weak bouncer to third. Lawley hesitated before charging the grounder and fired late to first, allowing Diaz to score and giving the Curve a 3-1 lead. Ceciliani’s single proved to be the only blemish for Rodriguez. The southpaw closed his night by posting five scoreless innings. He retired the final 11 batters he faced. Binghamton mustered a threat against the Curve bullpen in the eighth. Following a single by Xorge Carrillo, Brandon Nimmo lined a double against Emmanuel de Leon, putting runners at second and third. With the tying run on second, de Leon struck out Dilson Herrera to end the threat and preserve Altoona’s two-run lead. Robles (5-5) walked three and struck out five over 4 2/3 innings in the loss. Tyler Pill, the originally scheduled B-Mets starting pitcher, was scratched due to illness. Box

FORT MYERS 3, ST. LUCIE 2 (suspended): The game was suspended in the fifth inning inning due to thunderstorms. It will be resume at 5:05 p.m. Friday. Cory Mazzoni, in his second minor-league appearance since suffering a side-muscle strain in the Grapefruit League finale, allowed three runs in four innings. The Mets got on the board in the second inning. Gavin Cecchini doubled against Tim Shibuya and moved to the third on Maikis De La Cruz's flyout. With two outs, Eudy Pina then grounded to third baseman Tyler Grimes. He threw off line to first, allowing Cecchini to score. The Miracle answered in the bottom half. With the bases loaded against Mazzoni and none out, Grimes grounded into a fielder's choice that evened the score at 1. Aderling Mejia followed with a run-scoring double, although Grimes was thrown out at the plate on Cecchini’s relay throw to Cam Maron. Mejia advanced to third on the throw home and scored on Niko Goodrum’s infield single for a 3-1 lead. Pina got a run back in the fifth with his sixth homer of the season. After Gilbert Gomez struck out, L.J. Mazzilli came to the plate and had a 1-2 count when the game was delayed. Box

CHARLESTON 9, SAVANNAH 0: Starter John Gant allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits and four walks in five innings. Savannah was held hitless until Nelfi Zapata's leadoff single in the fifth. The Gnats' lone other hit came on Patrick Biondi's eighth-inning single. Box

KINGSPORT 5, PRINCETON 4 (17 innings): Luis Guillorme had a two-run double in the top of the 17th and the K-Mets held on. In the bottom half, Manny Sanchez struck out to lead off but reached second on a throwing error by catcher Jose Garcia. Sanchez eventually scored to pull Princeton with one, but reliever Jim Duff struck out Emmanuel Paulino swinging to strand the tying run at third base. Duff, a Long Island native, earned the win in his professional debut. Box

BROOKLYN 6, ABERDEEN 2: Aberdeen committed five errors and Tucker Tharp, Michael Katz and Jeff Diehl had two hits apiece. Starter Casey Meisner allowed two solo homers but no other damage in six innings. Mike Hepple (2-0) and Brad Wieck combined for three no-hit relief innings. With the score tied at 2 in the seventh, the Cyclones jumped on reliever Brady Adamek. Tharp had a leadoff double. Amed Rosario then hit a grounder up the middle that Aberdeen second baseman Steve Wilkerson snared. However, Wilkerson overthrew first base. The error allowed Tharp to round third and score the tiebreaking run. Aberdeen imploded later in the inning. Michael Bernal was hit by a pitch to place runners on first and second. Tomas Nido then singled to drive in Katz and move Bernal to third. Shortly after, Diehl sent a grounder to third base. Another error allowed a third run to score in the inning for a 5-2 lead. Box

GCL CARDINALS 3, GCL METS 0: After four scoreless innings from starter Audry German, Jose Medina (0-1) allowed three runs in two innings. Erik Manoah, the Mets' 13th-round pick this month, pitched a scoreless inning in his professional debut. Box

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Minors 6.23.14: Taijeron HR paces B-Mets

June, 24, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 8, MEMPHIS 5 (10 innings): Matt den Dekker produced a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th. Cesar Puello and den Dekker had raced home on the same wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth as Vegas tied the score at 5 and sent the game to extra innings. After inheriting a runner on first and a one-run lead from starter Logan Verrett in the top of the inning, Scott Rice ultimately surrendered a three-run homer to Scott Moore as Memphis took a 5-3 lead. Travis d'Arnaud flied out in his lone at-bat before being informed he was being called up. Juan Centeno entered for d'Arnaud as a pinch hitter in the fourth inning. A walk to Josh Satin with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth -- the fourth walk of the inning by Memphis -- had given Vegas a 3-2 lead. Satin's fourth-inning throwing error had allowed Randal Grichuk to reach base. Oscar Taveras followed with a run-scoring double against 51s starter Logan Verrett. Trailing 2-0, Vegas evened the score in the sixth on Brandon Allen's two-run single. Verrett limited Memphis to three runs (two earned) on five hits in eight-plus innings. That included one run surrendered by Rice on the homer. Box

BINGHAMTON 12, READING 8: Travis Taijeron launched a three-run homer in a six-run first inning, Brian Burgamy homered twice to increase his team-leading total to 13 and

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Dustin Lawley contributed a solo shot. The B-Mets scored in each of the first six innings en route to their sixth win in seven games. Rehabbing Juan Lagares played all nine innings in center field and went 2-for-4 with a walk, RBI and two runs scored. Reading scratched out an early lead against Binghamton starter Rainy Lara. Peter Lavin hit a 1-1 pitch over right-field wall to make the score 1-0. The next batter, Aaron Altherr, doubled and scored on a single by Jake Fox to put the Fightin Phils on top, 2-0. Binghamton cashed in on Jesse Biddle’s wildness in the bottom half. After the southpaw walked three of the first four batters of the frame, Jayce Boyd blooped an RBI single and Darrell Ceciliani threaded a run-producing hit to the right side. Following Lawley's sac fly, Taijeron hammered a pitch to left field to make it a 6-2 ballgame. The B-Mets picked up where they left off in the second inning. Lagares singled to start things off and moved to third on a throwing error by Biddle. Dilson Herrera doubled to plate Lagares. The next batter, Burgamy, hit a two-run shot to extend the lead to 9-2. Lara went 3 2/3 innings. He allowed four runs on six hits in his first game back from the disabled list. Biddle (3-9) gave up 10 runs in three innings and walked three in the loss. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, JUPITER 4: Jupiter put the first two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth against T.J. Chism, but the Brian Schneider-managed Hammerheads opted not to

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have Colin Moran bunt. Instead, Moran flied out to center. Paul Sewald entered and induced Blake Barber to fly out. Sharif Othman then grounded out to shortstop Gavin Cecchini to strand the tying run at second base. The Mets, now winners of nine of their last 10 games, trailed 3-1 in the sixth. Cam Maron blasted a two-run double against Matt Milroy to even the score. Aderlin Rodriguez followed with a two-run single. The Hammerheads scored an unearned run against Tim Peterson in the bottom half to move within a run. Peterson recovered by striking out Terrence Dayleg with the bases loaded to end the inning. Robert Coles pitched a scoreless seventh and recorded two outs in the eighth. Chism came on and got the final out of the frame by striking out Viosergy Rosa with the tying run at third. Kevin McGowan earned the victory in his St. Lucie debut. He gave up seven hits and three runs in five innings. All three runs came in the fifth. The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the second on Gilbert Gomez's sac fly. That score held until the fifth. Rehabbing Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich drove in Noah Perio to tie the score at 1. Three batters later, Matt Juengel gave the Hammerheads a 3-1 lead with a two-run triple. Maron extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Sewald recorded his second save in two outings. Box

SAVANNAH at CHARLESTON (ppd.)

BLUEFIELD 7, KINGSPORT 2: Starter Andrew Church allowed four runs on 10 hits, a walk and two hit batters in four innings. Reliever Ruben Reyes allowed three earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. He surrendered one hit -- a homer -- one walk and hit one batter. Brandon Brosher had a two-run homer -- his fourth long ball in 15 at-bats this season with Kingsport. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 1, BROOKLYN 0 (10 innings): Corey Oswalt tossed seven scoreless innings, scattering three hits and striking out eight, but the Cyclones fell in extra innings. In the top of the 10th, with Scarlyn Reyes pitching his third inning in relief, Coty Blanchard singled with two outs and stole second. Clayton Henning then doubled to left-center to plate the game's lone run. Box

GCL METS 8, GCL MARLINS 3: Starter Adrian Almeida tossed three scoreless innings. Waldo Rodriguez earned the win with a scoreless fourth. Bret Mitchell completed the game with two no-hit innings. Alfredo Reyes, Manuel Hilario and Gregory Valencia had two RBIs apiece. Box

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LAS VEGAS 5, NASHVILLE 4: Travis d'Arnaud singled to open what became a four-run bottom of the ninth as Las Vegas stormed back for the walk-off win. Trailing 4-1 after

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d'Arnaud's leadoff single against Donovan Hand, Andrew Brown doubled. Pinch hitter Danny Muno then singled, too, to plate d'Arnaud and place runners on the corners. Josh Satin had an RBI double to pull the 51s within a run. After Cesar Puello walked and Anthony Seratelli struck out, Nashville inserted reliever Brent Leach. He walked Brandon Allen to forced in the tying run. With the bases still loaded, one out and Matt den Dekker batting, a throwing error by Leach on a pickoff attempt allowed Satin to score the winning run. D'Arnaud finished 3-for-4 to up his average to .458 in 12 games since a demotion to Triple-A. Box

BINGHAMTON 12, BOWIE 4: The B-Mets scored six runs in the first two innings and six more in the final two frames en route to their 10th win in 11 games. Against Bowie starter

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Jake Pettit in the first, Brian Burgamy extended his hitting streak to seven games with a one-out double. Matt Clark followed with an RBI single. Bowie responded against Hansel Robles in the bottom half. After a one-out walk to Niuman Romero, rehabbing Nolan Reimold smoked an RBI double to even the score at 1. The B-Mets responded emphatically in the second after Pettit opened the door by walking the first two batters. Xorge Carrillo and Dilson Herrera had RBI singles. Following Kyle Johnson's sacrifice fly, T.J. Rivera chased Pettit by stroking a run-scoring single. Clark greeted reliever Jason Gurka with an RBI groundout, capping the five-run inning. Reimold had a two-run homer against Robles in the third to trim the B-Mets' lead to 6-3. After needing 72 pitches to navigate the first three frames, Robles made himself eligible for the win by retiring the final seven batters he faced. Bowie took one more chip out of Binghamton’s lead in the seventh against reliever Randy Fontanez. After tossing a scoreless sixth in his Double-A debut, the righty surrendered a triple to K.D. Kang and a run-producing groundout to Romero. Fontanez walked Reimold, but escaped the inning by inducing a groundout. With their lead whittled to two, the B-Mets answered in the eighth against Chris Petrini. Lawley ripped his eighth homer and Carrillo added a two-run shot. Binghamton capped its night with three runs in the ninth against Juan Morillo. Herrera finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Carrillo drove in a season-high four runs. Left-hander Steven Matz makes his Double-A debut Saturday. Box

FORT MYERS at ST. LUCIE (ppd.): The teams will play a 4 p.m. doubleheader Saturday.

GREENVILLE 21, SAVANNAH 1: Starter John Gant allowed 11 runs, but only one earned, on 11 hits and three walks in four innings. Relievers Tyler Vanderheiden and John Mincone were charged with five earned runs apiece. Gnats third baseman Jon Leroux committed four errors. Greenville's Teddy Stankiewicz, who was drafted by the Mets in the second round in 2012 but did not sign, limited Savannah to one unearned run in six innings. He subsequently was drafted by the Red Sox in the second round in 2013 and signed. Box

DANVILLE 7, KINGSPORT 2: The K-Mets were held hitless until Branden Kaupe's one-out RBI double in the sixth. Starter Gaby Almonte allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings. Box

BROOKLYN 7, ABERDEEN 6: Michael Katz's sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth plated Tomas Nido with the tiebreaking run. Shane Bay surrendered a walk in a scoreless bottom half for his second save. The Cyclones had pulled even with a two-run eighth that included RBI singles by Tyler Moore and Tucker Tharp. Michael Bernal finished 4-for-5 with a double, two triples and three RBIs. Starter Casey Meisner allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings. Box

GCL METS 7, GCL NATIONALS 1: In the Gulf Coast League opener, starter Logan Taylor (1-0) limited the Nats to one run on five hits while striking out six in five innings. Jose Medina and Nabil Crismatt followed with two scoreless innings apiece. Juan Lagares went 0-for-4 and played seven innings in center field in his first rehab game. Enmanuel Zabala went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBIs. First baseman Dash Winningham, the Mets' eighth-round pick out of high school in Florida, went 1-for-4 with an RBI and two strikeouts in his professional debut. Box

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Minors 6.19.14: Holdover Pill shines

June, 20, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 6, NASHVILLE 2: Travis d'Arnaud's torrid production since his demotion continued. D'Arnaud homered for the sixth time in 11 Triple-A games. He finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored. D'Arnaud is hitting .432. Matt den Dekker started in center field and led off and went 2-for-5 with a double in his return to the minors. Andrew Brown was 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Starter Darin Gorski limited Nashville to two runs (one earned) while striking out 11 in 6 1/3 innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, RICHMOND 0: Tyler Pill fired eight scoreless innings and backed his own effort with three hits, including a home run. Pill drove in four runs and finished a triple

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shy of the cycle in his longest career outing. The victory, Binghamton’s ninth in its last 10 games, secured a three-game sweep. On a night the B-Mets welcomed five newcomers from St. Lucie, Pill stole the show. He put Binghamton on the board in the third with a solo homer. He became the first pitcher to go deep for the B-Mets since Justin Brunette in 2001. In his Double-A debut, Brandon Nimmo (0-for-2, two walks) worked a one-out walk in the fourth and scored on Dustin Lawley's double for a 2-0. The score stayed that way until the sixth, when the B-Mets blew the game open against reliever Phil McCormick. Lawley and a pair of fellow newly promoted players -- T.J. Rivera and Dilson Herrera -- each singled to load the bases with none out. Pill then smacked a three-run double down the right-field line. Kyle Johnson doubled to plate Pill for a 6-0 advantage. Pill (5-5) allowed four hits and retired 12 straight batters at one point. He struck out a season-high nine in his fifth straight win. Adam Kolarek pitched a scoreless ninth. Pill has four of the B-Mets pitchers’ seven hits this season. Herrera went 2-for-4 in his Double-A debut. Rivera went 1-for-3 with a walk. Left-hander Steven Matz's Double-A debut comes Saturday at Bowie. The final player promoted from St. Lucie, reliever Randy Fontanez, did not appear Thursday. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, FORT MYERS 4: New-look St. Lucie won its sixth straight game despite graduating five players to Binghamton and adding six players from Savannah. Four of those

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new additions -- Gavin Cecchini, L.J. Mazzilli, Jeff McNeil and Robert Coles -- played crucial roles in the victory. Mazzilli smashed a three-run homer, Cecchini drove in two runs, McNeil walked and scored and Coles picked up the final four outs to earn the save. Holdover Eudy Pina went 4-for-4 with two RBIs, two runs scored and finished a homer shy of the cycle. The Mets, who finished one game behind Fort Myers for first place in the first half, improved to 6-1 against the Miracle this season. The Mets jumped to 4-0 lead in the third. Pina greeted B.J. Hermsen with a single and stole second base. Cecchini drove him in with a double. After McNeil walked, Mazzilli clobbered a pitch over the left-field wall for a three-run homer. Adam Brett Walker put the Miracle on the board in the fourth with a sac fly. The Mets extended their lead to 7-1 in the sixth. Albert Cordero and Maikis De La Cruz singled against Alex Wimmers with one out. Pina brought both runners in with a triple. Cecchini knocked Pina in with a sac fly. The Miracle scored three runs with two outs in the seventh against Mets starter Gabriel Ynoa to make it 7-4. Jake Kuebler entered to get the final out, then induced a double-play ball in the eighth. Coles got the final out of that frame. After giving up a leadoff walk and a single in the ninth, he struck out Jorge Polanco and Travis Harrison. The game ended when Lance Ray grounded out. Ynoa improved to 8-2. Box

SAVANNAH 6, GREENVILLE 3: Jon Leroux and Jorge Rivero each scored twice and Colton Plaia drove in two runs as Savannah built a 6-1 lead. Right fielder Patrick Biondi departed in the fifth inning. Box

DANVILLE 8, KINGSPORT 4: Starter Christian Montgomery surrendered seven runs (six earned) on five hits and five walks in 1 1/3 innings as the K-Mets lost their season debut. Martires Arias limited Danville to one run in 5 2/3 relief innings. Fourth-round pick Eudor Garcia went 0-for-1 off the bench in his professional debut. Box

BROOKLYN 4, HUDSON VALLEY 0: Octavio Acosta tossed six scoreless innings and combined with Josh Prevost, Brad Wieck and Edioglis Villasmil on a seven-hit shutout. The Cyclones broke a scoreless tie with a three-run sixth that included Luis Arrizurieta's RBI triple. Box

Compiled with team reports

Cecchini also promoted in minors shuffling

June, 19, 2014
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MIAMI -- The mass promotions in the Mets organization included a pair of first-round picks:

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Nimmo
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While 2011 top pick Brandon Nimmo is headed from St. Lucie to Binghamton, 2012 top pick Gavin Cecchini was promoted from Savannah to St. Lucie.

Cecchini, a 20-year-old shortstop, hit .259 with three homers, 25 RBIs and seven steals in 228 at-bats with low-A Savannah.

Here are the full minor-league transactions:

Las Vegas adds:
Matt Reynolds, IF, from Binghamton

Binghamton adds:
Randy Fontanez, RHP, from St. Lucie
Dilson Herrera, IF, from St. Lucie
Steven Matz, LHP, from St. Lucie
Nimmo, OF, from St. Lucie
T.J. Rivera, IF, from St. Lucie

St. Lucie adds:
Cecchini, SS from Savannah
T.J. Chism, LHP, from Binghamton
Robert Coles, RHP, from Savannah
L.J. Mazzilli, 2B, from Savannah
Jeff McNeil, IF, from Savannah
Kevin McGowan, RHP from Savannah
Tim Peterson, RHP, from Savannah

Savannah adds:
Hunter Carnevale, RHP, from St. Lucie
Alex Panteliodis, LHP, from St. Lucie
Yeixon Ruiz, IF, from St. Lucie
Nelfi Zapata, C, from Binghamton

Also, Binghamton placed Angel Cuan, LHP, on the disabled list with a left knee contusion.

Morning Briefing: Mets face top prospect

June, 19, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: The Mets will not face Jose Fernandez in Miami. He is on the shelf for the remainder of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last month.


Mark Cunningham/Getty ImagesThe Mets face Marlins top prospect Andrew Heaney in his major league debut Thursday.


Instead, the Mets will see Marlins top prospect Andrew Heaney in Thursday’s series opener. The southpaw makes his major league debut at 7:10 p.m. at Marlins Park opposite Zack Wheeler (2-7, 4.38 ERA).

Dillon Gee is due to be in Miami to throw for staff as a prelude to entering a minor-league rehab game. Gee landed on the disabled list May 11 with a strained right lat muscle.

Read the Mets-Marlins series preview here.

Thursday’s news reports:

Bartolo Colon produced a hit for the first time in nine years and scored for the first time in a dozen years. He also tossed eight solid innings as the Mets snapped an eight-game road losing streak with a 3-2 win Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Terry Collins pulled Colon at 86 pitches. The Mets then barely held on as Dana Eveland relieved Jenrry Mejia and retired Matt Adams to notch his first save since 2005.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Journal, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.

Travis d’Arnaud is likely to rejoin the Mets during a two-game series against Oakland at Citi Field that begins Tuesday, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.

• The Mets swapped lefty-hitting outfielders with Triple-A Las Vegas, demoting Matt den Dekker and promoting Kirk Nieuwenhuis for Thursday’s series opener at Marlins Park.

• Read more on Eveland in the Post and Daily News.


Eliot J. Schechter/MLB Photos2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo was among five St. Lucie players promoted to Double-A Binghamton on Wednesday.


• After St. Lucie fell a game short of the first-half title in its Florida State League division, the organization promoted Brandon Nimmo, Steven Matz, Dilson Herrera, Randy Fontanez and T.J. Rivera to Double-A Binghamton on Wednesday. Read more in Newsday.

• The Mets may stand pat at the trade deadline. Still, columnist Joel Sherman in the Post advocates selling. Writes Sherman:

The second wild card seduces 6 1/2 games away, but the worst record in the NL slaps with reality just 2 1/2 games away. And, after leaving St. Louis, the Mets play four at Miami, two vs. Oakland (owners of the AL’s best record), and then head right back on the road for four at suddenly hot Pittsburgh and three at Atlanta.

That takes them to July 4 and -- unless there is another U-turn toward success -- even the second wild card could be a pipe dream by Independence Day.

Should that be the case, I will stick to my call to act boldly, but (forgive the flip-flopping) in the opposite direction. The Mets at that point will need to make Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee and Jonathon Niese available in trades. Daniel Murphy, too.

• Collins discussed pregame Wednesday why Wilmer Flores has not played more frequently, saying winning has to take priority over development right now. Read more in the Post.

• The Mets signed Dominican shortstop Cecilio Aybar for $251,100, Baseball America reports. The magazine notes that Aybar had “previously been declared ineligible to sign by Major League Baseball for using a false age and identity.” Writes Ben Badler:

In April 2013, Aybar confessed to MLB that he had been using his younger brother’s identity in an elaborate fraud scheme, though hardly a unique one. Aybar now presents himself as a 20-year-old born Nov. 23, 1993. Sources told Baseball America that school and hospital records were altered to try to eliminate any record of Cecilio Aybar, while his younger brother had false identifying papers created for him since the older brother was using his identity to try out for teams. After Aybar’s confession, MLB declared Aybar ineligible to sign until April 26, 2014.

Few seemed surprised that Aybar turned out to be older, given his advanced physical tool set, which remains intriguing. At 6 feet, 165 pounds, Aybar is a 70 runner on the 20-80 scale, has a plus arm and is an excellent athlete. The rest of his game remains raw, and even with his more advanced age, his lack of experience is evident in his inconsistent hitting and overall feel for the game, though he’s made progress with his defense over the past year.

Juan Lagares (side muscle) reportedly played in a simulated game Wednesday in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

• Greg Peavey tossed eight innings and Binghamton beat Richmond, 6-1. St. Lucie was rained out and lost its first-half division title when Fort Myers won. Brooklyn beat Hudson Valley in 10 innings on Tyler Moore’s sacrifice fly. Read the full minor-league recap here.

From the bloggers … NY Mets Life examines Mets first-round pick Michael Conforto.

BIRTHDAYS: Jacob deGrom turns 26. ... Collin McHugh, who appears to have turned a corner in his career with the Houston Astros, is 27. ... Las Vegas right-hander Logan Verrett is 24. ... Ex-Met Bruce Chen is 37. ... Former first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, who just managed Fort Myers to a first-half title Wednesday by a game over St. Lucie, is 40.

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Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.297 7 37 56
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 14
RBIL. Duda 48
RD. Murphy 56
OPSL. Duda .841
WB. Colon 8
ERAJ. Niese 2.96
SOZ. Wheeler 105